Monday, June 07, 2010

Recommended ACT & Mindfulness Resources


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I've mentioned a couple of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness resources in passing, but I'm such a fan of these techniques that I want to provide a more comprehensive list of the great books and audio programs I've come across. Almost all of these items can be employed to cope with not only emotional pain, but also physical pain. The principles are the same, so as you learn them in one context, you also learn them in the other.

Free Resources:

Audio Downloads - Scroll midway down the page for two free mp3 recordings.

Tara Brach's podcast - Years of great content from her talks at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.

Total Happiness videos by Shinzen Young on YouTube

Sharon Salzburg's articles

ACT for the Public Yahoo! Group - You have to ask to become a member to avoid spammers. Everyone is approved.

Get Out of Your Mind blog on Psychology Today by Steven C. Hayes

Basic info sheets about ACT available for download.

Worksheets, Recordings, Supplements: Free resources on The Happiness Trap's website.

ACT Made Simple blog


Available for Purchase (buying through these Amazon.com links supports Somebody Heal Me):

How to be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill & their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life: The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy by Steven C. Hayes

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body & Mind to Face Stress, Pain & Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris

Break Through Pain: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Meditation Program for Transforming Chronic and Acute Pain by Shinzen Young

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief: Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression: Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to Move Through Depression & Create a Life Worth Living by Kirk Strosahl & Patricia J. Robinson

Do you have other resources to suggest? Please share them in the comments.

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